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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Health seeks public input for community health needs
Media Contact: Mike Bordogna, County Manager, 970.728.3844, firstname.lastname@example.orgLindsey Mills, Public Information Consultant, email@example.com
(November 15, 2022) – San Miguel County, CO --- Last month, San Miguel County Public Health launched a community health assessment survey in collaboration with the West Central Public Health Partnership (WCPHP) to determine the public health needs of the community. The survey is open through December 16 to all residents and will help Public Health understand the strengths and strains of our communities, prioritize services, and ultimately improve population health outcomes.
The West Central Public Health Partnership consists of Delta, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties and works to build and strengthen public health and environment infrastructure. Formed in 2006, the partnership has completed two rounds of assessments in 2011 and 2016 to better inform both regional and county-specific health plans and develop community health improvement plans in both 2013 and 2018 respectively.
This year’s survey will also inform the priority areas for the next community health improvement plan. Local and regional stakeholders from all six counties, including medical centers and hospitals, community members, behavioral health professionals and more, will be involved in meetings next year to evaluate the survey’s findings and weigh in on the priority health needs of the residents of the WCPHP.
“This survey is a great opportunity for our residents to weigh in on community health priorities and help shape our programs to address concerns surrounding health necessities such as healthy housing, nutritious food access, and availability of childcare services,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “Now is the time to let your voice be heard and help make Public Health more efficient and effective for you and your health needs.”
A raffle will be held for survey respondents that live in San Miguel County to win one of three $100 grocery gift cards if they provide contact information at the end of the survey. Those not wishing to provide their name and contact information can submit their assessment anonymously but will not be eligible for the gift card drawing.
The assessment, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, will close to submissions at midnight on Friday, December 16. Residents can participate by visiting bit.ly/comhealthsurvey for English and bit.ly/saludcom for Spanish.
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